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more flexible and focused on what is best for our kids. [applause] you see, we know what is possible for our children when reform is not just a top-down mandate, but the work of local teachers and principals, school boards and communities. take a school like bruce randolph in denver. three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in colorado, located on turf between two rival gangs. but last may, 97% of the seniors received their diploma. most will be the first in their family to go to college. and after the first year of the school's transformation, the principal who made it possible wiped away tears when a student said "thank you, mrs. waters, for showing that we are smart and we can make it."
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[applause] let's also remember that after parents, the biggest impact on a child's success comes from the man or woman at the front of the classroom. in south korea, teachers are known as "nation builders." here in america, it's time we treated the people who educate our children with the same level of respect. [applause] we want to reward good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones. [applause]
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and over the next ten years, with so many baby boomers retiring from our classrooms, we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. [applause] in fact, to every young person listening tonight who is contemplating their career choice -- if you want to make a difference in the life of our nation, if you want to make a difference in the life of a child -- become a teacher. your country needs you. [applause] of course, the education race does not end with a high school diploma. to compete, higher education must be within reach of every
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american. [applause] that is why we have ended the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that went to banks, and used the savings to make college affordable for millions of students. [applause] and this year, i ask congress to go further, and make permanent our tuition tax credit -- worth $10,000 for four years of college. it's the right thing to do. because people need to be able to train for new jobs and careers in today's fast- changing economy, we are also revitalizing america's community colleges. last month, i saw the promise of these schools at forsyth tech in north carolina. many of the students there used to work in the surrounding factories that have since left town. one mother of two, a woman
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named kathy proctor, had worked in the furniture industry since she was 18 years old. and she told me she is earning her degree in biotechnology now, at 55 years old, not just because the furniture jobs are gone, but because she wants to inspire her children to pursue their dreams too. as kathy said, "i hope it tells them to never give up." if we take these steps -- if we raise expectations for every child, and give them the best possible chance at an education, from the day they're born until the last job they take -- we will reach the goal i set two years ago. by the end of the decade, america will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. [applause]
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one last point about education. today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not american citizens. some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents. they grew up as americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet live every day with the threat of deportation. others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. but as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. it makes no sense. now, i strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. i am prepared to work with republicans and democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the
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shadows. [applause] i know that debate will be difficult and take time. but tonight, let's agree to make that effort. and let's stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses, and further enrich this nation. [applause] the third step in winning the future is rebuilding america. to attract new businesses to our shores, we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, and information -- from high-speed rail to high-speed internet. [applause]
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our infrastructure used to be the best, but our lead has slipped. south korean homes now have greater internet access than we do. countries in europe and russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do. china is building faster trains and newer airports. meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation's infrastructure, they gave us a "d." we have to do better. america is the nation that built the transcontinental railroad, brought electricity to rural communities, and constructed the interstate highway system. the jobs created by these projects didn't just come from laying down tracks or pavement. they came from businesses that opened near a town's new train station or the new off-ramp. over the last two years, we have begun rebuilding for the 21st century, a project that
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has meant thousands of good jobs for the hard-hit construction industry. tonight, i am proposing that we redouble these efforts. [applause] we will put more americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. we will make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on what's best for the economy, not politicians. within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of americans access to high-speed rail, which could [applause] this could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. for some trips, it will be faster than flying -- without the pat-down. [laughter] [applause]
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as we speak, routes in california and the midwest are already underway. within the next five years, we will make it possible for business to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all americans. [applause] this is not just about a faster internet and fewer dropped calls. it is about connecting every part of america to the digital age. it is about a rural community in iowa or alabama where farmers and small business owners will be able to sell their products all over the world. it is about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device, a student who can take classes with a digital textbook, or a patient who can have face-to-face video chats with her doctor. all these investments -- in innovation, education, and infrastructure -- will make america a better place to do business and create jobs.
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but to help our companies compete, we also have to knock down barriers that stand in the way of their success. over the years, a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries. those with accountants or lawyers to work the system can end up paying no taxes at all. but all the rest are hit with one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. it makes no sense, and it has to change. [applause] so tonight, i'm asking democrats and republicans to simplify the system. get rid of the loopholes. level the playing field. and use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years -- without adding to our deficit.
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[applause] it can be cone. -- be done. to help businesses sell more products abroad, we set a goal of doubling our exports by 2014 -- because the more we export, the more jobs we create at home. already, our exports are up. recently, we signed agreements with india and china that will support more than 250,000 jobs in the united states. and last month, we finalized a trade agreement with south korea that will support at least 70,000 american jobs. this agreement has unprecedented support from business and labor, democrats and republicans, and i ask this congress to pass it as soon as possible. [applause]
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before i took office, i made it clear that we would enforce our trade agreements, and that i would only sign deals that keep faith with american workers, and promote american jobs. that is what we did with korea, and that is what i intend to do as we pursue agreements with panama and colombia, and continue our asia pacific and global trade talks. [applause] to reduce barriers to growth and investment, i have ordered a review of government regulations. when we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them. [applause] but i will not hesitate to create or enforce commonsense safeguards to protect the american people. [applause]
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that is what we have done in this country for more than a century. it is why our food is safe to eat, our water is safe to drink, and our air is safe to breathe. it is why we have speed limits and child labor laws. it is why last year, we put in place consumer protections against hidden fees and penalties by credit card companies, and new rules to prevent another financial crisis. [applause] and it is why we passed reform that finally prevents the health insurance industry from exploiting patients. [applause] now, i have heard rumors that a few of you have some concerns about the new health care law. [laughter]
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so let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. if you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, i am eager to work with you. we can start right now by correcting a flaw in the legislation that has placed an unnecessary bookkeeping burden on small businesses. [applause] what i am not willing to do is go back to the days when insurance companies could deny someone coverage because of a pre-existing condition. [applause]
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i'm not willing to tell james howard, a brain cancer patient from texas, that his treatment might not be covered. i'm not willing to tell jim houser, a small business owner from oregon, that he has to go back to paying $5,000 more to cover his employees. as we speak, this law is making prescription drugs cheaper for seniors and giving uninsured students a chance to stay on their parents' coverage. [applause] so instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, let's fix what needs fixing and move forward. [applause] now, the final step -- a
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critical step -- in winning the future is to make sure we are not buried under a mountain of debt. we are living with a legacy of deficit-spending that began almost a decade ago. and in the wake of the financial crisis, some of that was necessary to keep credit flowing, save jobs, and put money in people's pockets. but now that the worst of the recession is over, we have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. that is not sustainable. every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. they deserve a government that does the same. [applause]
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so tonight, i am proposing that starting this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. this would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, and will bring discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since dwight eisenhower was president. this freeze will require painful cuts. already, we have frozen the salaries of hardworking federal employees for the next two years. i have proposed cuts to things i care deeply about, like community action programs. the secretary of defense has also agreed to cut tens of billions of dollars in spending that he and his generals believe our military can do without. [applause] i recognize that some in this chamber have already proposed deeper cuts, and i am willing to eliminate whatever we can
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honestly afford to do without. but let's make sure that we're not doing it on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. [applause] and let's make sure what we're cutting is really excess weight. cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. it may feel like you're flying high at first, but it will not take long before you will feel the impact. now, most of the cuts and savings i have proposed only address annual domestic spending, which represents a little more than 12% of our budget. to make further progress, we have to stop pretending that cutting this kind of spending alone will be enough. it will not.
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[applause] the bipartisan fiscal commission i created last year made this crystal clear. i don't agree with all their proposals, but they made important progress. and their conclusion is that the only way to tackle our deficit is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it -- in domestic spending, defense spending, health care spending, and spending through tax breaks and loopholes. [applause] this means further reducing health care costs, including programs like medicare and medicaid, which are the single biggest contributor to our long-term deficit. health insurance reform will slow these rising costs, which is part of why nonpartisan economists have said that repealing the health care law would add a quarter of a trillion dollars to our deficit. still, i am willing to look at
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other ideas to bring down costs, including one that republicans suggested last year -- medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits. [applause] to put us on solid ground, we should also find a bipartisan solution to strengthen social security for future generations. [applause] and we must do it without putting at risk current retirees, the most vulnerable, or people with disabilities, without slashing benefits for future generations, and without subjecting americans' guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market. [applause]
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and if we truly care about our deficit, we simply cannot afford a permanent extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of americans. [applause] before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break. it is not a matter of punishing their success. it is about promoting america's success. [applause] in fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all americans is to simplify the individual tax code. [applause] this will be a tough job, but members of both parties have expressed interest in doing
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this, and i am prepared to join them. [applause] so now is the time to act. now is the time for both sides and both houses of congress -- democrats and republicans -- to forge a principled compromise that gets the job done. if we make the hard choices now to rein in our deficits, we can make the investments we need to win the future. let me take this one step further. we should not just give our people a government that is more affordable. we should give them a government that is more competent and efficient. [applause] we cannot win the future with a government of the past. we live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black and white tv. there are twelve different
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agencies that deal with exports. there are at least five different entities that deal with housing policy. then there is my favorite example -- the interior department is in charge of salmon while they are in fresh water, but the commerce department handles them in when they are in saltwater. and i hear it gets even more complicated once they are smoked. [laughter] [applause] now we have made great strides over the last two years in using technology and getting rid of waste. veterans can now download their electronic medical records with a click of the mouse. we're selling acres of federal office space that hasn't been used in years, and we will cut through red tape to get rid of more. but we need to think bigger.
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in the coming months, my administration will develop a proposal to merge, consolidate, and reorganize the federal government in a way that best serves the goal of a more competitive america. i will submit that proposal to congress for a vote -- and we will push to get it passed. [applause] in the coming year, we will also work to rebuild people's faith in the institution of government. because you deserve to know exactly how and where your tax dollars are being spent, you will be able to go to a website and get that information for the very first time in history. because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, i ask congress to do what the white house has already done -- put that information online. and because the american people deserve to know that special interests aren't larding up
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legislation with pet projects, both parties in congress should know this -- if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, i will veto it. [applause] a 21st century government that is open and competent. a government that lives within its means. an economy that's driven by new skills and ideas. our success in this new and changing world will require reform, responsibility, and innovation. it will also require us to approach that world with a new level of engagement in our foreign affairs.
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just as jobs and businesses can now race across borders, so can new threats and new challenges. no single wall separates east and west. no one rival superpower is aligned against us. and so we must defeat determined enemies wherever they are, and build coalitions that cut across lines of region and race and religion. america's moral example must always shine for all who yearn for freedom, justice, and dignity. and because we have begun this work, tonight we can say that american leadership has been renewed and america's standing has been restored. look to iraq, where nearly 100,000 of our brave men and women have left with their heads held high, where american combat
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[applause] where american combat patrols patrols have ended, violence has come down, and a new government has been formed. this year, our civilians will forge a lasting partnership with the iraqi people, while we finish the job of bringing our troops out of iraq. america's commitment has been kept. the iraq war is coming to an end. [applause] of course, as we speak, al qaeda and their affiliates continue to plan attacks against us. thanks to our intelligence and law enforcement professionals, we are disrupting plots and
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securing our cities and skies. and as extremists try to inspire acts of violence within our borders, we are responding with the strength of our communities, with respect for the rule of law, and with the conviction that american muslims are a part of our american family. [applause] we have also taken the fight to al qaeda and their allies abroad. in afghanistan, our troops have taken taliban strongholds and trained afghan security forces. our purpose is clear -- by preventing the taliban from reestablishing a stranglehold over the afghan people, we will deny al qaeda the safe haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.
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thanks to our heroic troops and civilians, fewer afghans are under the control of the insurgency. there will be tough fighting ahead, and the afghan government will need to deliver better governance. but we are strengthening the capacity of the afghan people and building an enduring partnership with them. this year, we will work with nearly 50 countries to begin a transition to an afghan lead. and this july, we will begin to bring our troops home. in pakistan, al qaeda's leaderse pressure than at any point since 2001. their leaders and operatives are being removed from the battlefield. their safe havens are shrinking. and we have sent a message from the afghan border to the
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arabian peninsula to all parts of the globe -- we will not relent, we will not waver, and we will defeat you. american leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war. because republicans and democrats approved the new start treaty, far fewer nuclear weapons and launchers will be deployed. because we rallied the world, nuclear materials are being locked down on every continent so they never fall into the hands of terrorists. because of a diplomatic effort to insist that iran meet its obligations, the iranian government now faces tougher and tighter sanctions than ever before.
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and on the korean peninsula, we stand with our ally south korea, and insist that north korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons. this is just a part of how we are shaping a world that favors peace and prosperity. with our european allies, we revitalized nato, and increased our cooperation on everything from counter-terrorism to missile defense. we have reset our relationship with russia, strengthened asian alliances, and built new partnerships with nations like india. this march, i will travel to brazil, chile, and el salvador to forge new alliances for progress in the americas. around the globe, we are standing with those who take responsibility -- helping
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farmers grow more food, supporting doctors who care for the sick, and combating the corruption that can rot a society and rob people of opportunity. recent events have shown us that what sets us apart must not just be our power. it must be the purpose behind it. in south sudan, with our assistance, the people were finally able to vote for independence after years of war. thousands lined up before dawn. people danced in the streets. one man who lost four of his brothers at war summed up the scene around him -- "this was a battlefield for most of my life. now we want to be free." we saw that same desire to be free in tunisia, where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator.
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and tonight, let us be clear -- the united states of america stands with the people of tunisia, and supports the democratic aspirations of all people. we must never forget that the things we have struggled for, and fought for, live in the hearts of people everywhere. and we must always remember that the americans who have borne the greatest burden in this struggle are the men and women who serve our country.
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tonight, let us speak with one voice in reaffirming that our nation is united in support of our troops and their families. let us serve them as well as they have served us -- by giving them the equipment they need, by providing them with the care and benefits they have earned, and by enlisting our veterans in the great task of building our own nation. our troops come from every corner of this country -- they are black, white, latino, asian and native american.
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they are christian and hindu, jewish and muslim. and, yes, we know that some of them are gay. starting this year, no american will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love. and with that change, i call on all of our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and the rotc. it is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. it is time to move forward as one nation. we should have no illusions
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about the work ahead of us. reforming our schools, changing the way we use energy, reducing our deficit -- none of this is easy. all of it will take time. and it will be harder because we will argue about everything. the cost. the details. the letter of every law. of course, some countries don't have this problem. if the central government wants a railroad, they get a railroad -- no matter how many homes are bulldozed. if they do not want a bad story in the newspaper, it does not get written. and yet, as contentious and frustrating and messy as our democracy can sometimes be, i
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know there isn't a person here who would trade places with any other nation on earth. we may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our constitution. we may have different opinions, but we believe in the same promise that says this is a place where you can make it if you try. we may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything's possible. no matter who you are. no matter where you come from.
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that dream is why i can stand here before you tonight. that dream is why a working class kid from scranton can stand behind me. that dream is why someone who began by sweeping the floors of his father's cincinnati bar can preside as speaker of the house in the greatest nation on earth. that dream -- that american dream -- is what drove the allen brothers to reinvent their roofing company for a new era. it's what drove those students
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at forsyth tech to learn a new skill and work towards the future. and that dream is the story of a small business owner named brandon fisher. brandon started a company in berlin, pennsylvania that specializes in a new kind of drilling technology. one day last summer, he saw the news that halfway across the world, 33 men were trapped in a chilean mine, and no one knew how to save them. but brandon thought his company could help. and so he designed a rescue that would come to be known as plan b. his employees worked around the clock to manufacture the necessary drilling equipment. and brandon left for chile. along with others, he began drilling a 2,000 foot hole into the ground, working three or four days at a time with no
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sleep. thirty-seven days later, plan b succeeded, and the miners were rescued. but because he did not want all of the attention, brandon was not there when the miners emerged. he had already gone home, back to work on his next project. later, one of his employees said of the rescue, "we proved that center rock is a little company, but we do big things." we do big things. from the earliest days of our founding, america has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. that is how we win the future.
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we are a nation that says, "i might not have a lot of money, but i have this great idea for a new company. i might not come from a family of college graduates, but i will be the first to get my degree. i might not know those people in trouble, but i think i can help them, and i need to try. i am not sure how we will reach that better place beyond the horizon, but i know we will get there. i know we will." we do big things. the idea of america endures. our destiny remains our choice. and tonight, more than two centuries later, it is because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of our union is strong. thank you, god bless you, and may god bless the united states of america.
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paul ryan began about 10 seconds. >> good evening. i am congressman paul ryan from janesville, wisconsin -- and chairman here at the house budget committee. president obama just addressed a congressional chamber filled with many new faces. one face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and
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colleague, congresswoman gabrielle giffords of arizona. we all miss gabby and her cheerful spirit, and we are praying for her return to the house chamber. earlier this month, president obama spoke movingly at a memorial event for the six people who died on that violent morning in tucson. still, there are no words that can lift the sorrow thatow engulfs the families and friends of the fallen. what we can do is assure them that the nation is praying for them, that, in the words of the psalmist, the lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds, and that over time grace will replace grief. as gabby continues to make encouraging progress, we must keep her and the others in our thoughts as we attend to the work now before us. tonight, the president focused a lot of attention on our economy in general -- and on our deficit and debt in particular. he was right to do so, and some of his words were reassuring. as chairman of the house budget committee, i assure you that we
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want to work with the president to restrain federal spending. in one of our first acts in the new majority, house republicans voted to cut congress's own budget. and just today, the house voted to restore the spending discipline that washington sorely needs. the reason is simple. a few years ago, reducing spending was important. today, it is imperative. here is why. we face a crushing burden of debt. the debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead. on this current path, when my three children -- who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old -- are raising their own children, the federal government will double in size, and so will theaxes they pay. no economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation. the next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country. frankly, it is one of my greatestoncerns as parent, and i know many of you feel the same way.
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our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many congressesver many years. no one person or party is responsible for it. there is no doubt the president came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation. unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt. the facts e clear -- since taking office, president obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies, an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus. all of this new government spending was sold as "investment." yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt. then the president and his party made matters even worse, by creating a new open-ended health care entitlement.
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what we already know about the president's health care law is this -- costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have. job creation is being stifled by all of its taxes, penalties, mandes and fees. businesses and unions from around the country are asking the obama administration for waivers from the mandates. washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. the president mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on american businesses. we agree -- and we think his health care law would be a great place to start. last week, house republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient- centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage.
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our debt is out of control. what was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis. we cannot deny it. instead we must, as americans, confront it responsibly. and that is exactly what republicans pledge to do. americans are skeptical of both politil parties, and that skepticism is justified -- especially when it comes to spending. so hold all of us accountable. in this very room, the house will produce, debate, and advance a budget. last year, in an unprecedented failure, congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. the spending spree continued unchecked. we owe you a better choice and a different vision. our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you -- to show you how we intend to do things differently, how we will cut spending to get the debt down, help create jobs and prosperity, and reform government programs.
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if we act soon, and if we act responsibly, people in and near retirement will be protected. these budget debates are not just about the programs of government; they're also about the purpose of government. so i'd like to share with you the principles that guide us. they are anchored in the wisdom of the founder, in the spirit of the declaration of independence, and in the words of the american constitution. they have to do with the importance of limited government and with the blessing of self- gornment. we believe government's role is both vital and limited -- to defend the nation from attack and pride for the cmon defense, to secure our borders, to protect innocent life, to uphold our laws and constitutional rights, to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity, and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves. we believe that the government has an important role to create
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the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility. we believe, as our founders did, that "the pursuit of happiness" depends upon individual liberty, and individual liberty requires limited government. limited government also means effective government. when government takes on too many tasks, it usually does not do any of them very well. it's no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high. the president and the democratic leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power. whether sold as "stimulus" or repackaged as "investment," their actions show they want a federal government that ntrols too much, taxes too much, and spends o much in order to do too much. and during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten -- along with record
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deficits and debt -- to the point where the president is now urging congress to increase the debt limit. we believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. we hold to a couple of simple convictions. endless borrowing is not a strategy. spending cuts have to come first. our nation is approaching a tipping point. we are at a moment, where if government's growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, america's best century will be considered our past century. this is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency. depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked -- and it will not work now. we need to chart a new course. spking candidly, as one citizen to another -- we still have time, but not much time.
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if we continue down our current path, we know what our future will be. just take a look at what's happening to greece, ireland, the united kingdom and other nations in europe. they didn't act soon enough, and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures -- large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody. their day of reckoning has arrived. ours is around the corner. that is why we must act now. some people will back away from this challenge. but i see this challenge as an opportunity to rebuild what lincoln called the "central ideas" of the republic. we believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper. under this approach, the spirit of initiative -- not political clout -- determines who succeeds. millions of families have
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fallen on hard times not because of our ideals free enterprise -- but because our leaders failed to live up to those ideals, because of poor decisions made in washington and wall street that caused a financial crisis, squandered our vings, broke o trust, and crippled our economy. today, a similar kind of irresponsibility threatens not only our livelihoods but our way of life. we need to reclaim our american systemf limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. and it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. that is the real secret to job creation- not borrowing and spending more money in washington. limited government and free enterprise have helped make america the greatest nation on earth. these are not easy times, but america is an exceptional
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nation. in all the chapterof human history, there has never been anything quite like america. the american story has been cherished, advanced, and defended over the centuries. and it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children aation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited. thank you and good night. >> you are watching c-span brigade you politics and public affairs. every morning it is "washington journal." weekdays watch live coverage of the u.s. house. also, supreme court or arguments. on the weekend you can see our signature interview programs. on saturday "the communicators." on saturday "the communicators."

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